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Low Melbecks-House

(Ref. 1024569)

Bassenthwaite near Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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Facilities and Maintenance

19 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is a very beautiful one,very spacious."

    The property had no out side lighting ( would recommend the owner adding some),because off the time off year we went 9th December 2023 the cottage was freezing, took nearly 2 days to heat up, a small heater was in the cottage but not sufficient enough to create enough heat to warm the cottage up as it’s all open ( would recommend for future winter bookings that the care taker go an put the heating on 24 hours before an arrival), there was no cutlery in cottage so had to go an buy some the following day so we had something to eat with. The electric cooker top was also left filthy. We all get charged for internet but the internet did not work the whole wk we was there,little speakers to the upstairs couldn’t be used as it’s only way of working is via internet, bit silly really when Bluetooth speakers would be more beneficial. Had we not come across these hiccups we would off gave it 5 star rating all day long.

    Reviewed by Gill2.8Dec 2023

  • "Absolutely brilliant, everything was thought of to make the stay enjoyable."

    Will definitely look to return in the future. Thank you,

    Dear Martin Thank you so much , we are so pleased you had an enjoyable time at Low Melbecks house and very much appreciate your feedback. we look forward to seeing you in the near future. best wishes Tony & Mary Anne Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful but there were a few issues that could cause problems later."

    The 2 wooden benches outside need looking at as they a coming apart. We had to clean the hoover as it needed emptying, the dryer need its filter cleaning. The pots need checking as needed cleaning before we could use them. Sofa needs a clean and the cushions too. The bathroom floors were a bit like ice rinks. It isn't the cottage that is the problem more the maintenance which I presume you are paying for. Sorry to point all these things out but thought you should know.

    Dear John Thank you for your feedback and our sincere apologies for inconvenience and disappointment caused. I have copied your feedback to our management company (Lakes cottage holidays) and expressed our disappointment with them. With best regards Tony and Mary-anna. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.4Jun 2023

  • "Well equipped cottage."

    Comfortable. Beautiful garden. Table round the back needs 4 chairs for outside dining. Strange arrangement in second bathroom with shower in front of loo and no heated towel rail in second bathroom which made the room feel bit damp. Unable to use that toilet till floor dried. We had a power cut and really appreciated emergency lighting. Small torches in bedside drawers would be helpful.

    Reviewed by Maggie4.1May 2023

  • "Beautiful well kept holiday cottage."

    Everything you require! Beautiful surroundings. Perfect location for walking and hiking. Easy access to Keswick and amenities. Will be back without a doubt!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely well appointed house."

    Spotlessly clean and had all the facilities needed. The property does have an adjoining cottage, which would be ideal for groups travelling together. Access to the property is across a field via a farm track with ample parking next to the property.

    Thank you so much for your feedback we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again soon. Mary Anne & Tony Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a idyllic location."

    Great base for walking, cycling and easy access to the lakes for water sports.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Aug 2022

  • "An excellent property in a fabulous location."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2022

  • "We loved the house however there appears to be an issue with the water supply."

    In the morning when we used the shower water pressure was fine at first but by the time a second person showeredd the water supply either dropped to a dribble or stopped completely leaving the occupant without the ability to shower effectively - or all. For a period each morning there was no water supply to the house which meant we couldn't make a hot drink either until it returned. Could this issue be addressed or at least acknowledged as a problem at the time of booking? This did cause discomfort and detracted from what was otherwise a perfect house.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at this high-quality property."

    The only point we would make is that we had not realised that the property is attached to the cottage next door. The patio next door is directly beneath the landing. This did not cause any problem during our stay as the cottage was unoccupied but it might have done if it had been occupied. We think the property description and photos should make all this clear.

    Reviewed by Nick4.7Mar 2022

  • "Great place to stay, really well equipped throughout the cottage."

    Lovely views of Skiddaw. Very peaceful and relaxing location. Only gripe was there were no recycling facilities, we took ours home.

    Reviewed by Mandy4.7Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful, spacious, clean and well equipped."

    The only thing that was missing was a bbq, outdoor dining table and chairs for four people.

    Reviewed by N5.0Aug 2021

  • "Having stayed here in September 2019 we were disappointed to find that internet/wifi no longer exists in the property."

    We just assumed that the facilities would be the same as last time. We discovered that it was no longer provided. Having no internet in this day and age is a deal breaker in terms of future bookings. We visit the Lakes 3-4 times each year and often re-book properties we like, so sadly no repeat bookings for Low Melbecks House. Most people like to share photo's with friends and family, sign into netflix and watch a film, some might need to check the odd work email. I am sure many will be put off from booking this property. The underfloor heating works on the ground floor. But is does not work well on the first floor. Given an unseasonally cold May we were chilli. Heaven knows how this would feel in colder months. The convector heater does not work well either. This property has so many great features and clearly the owners have taken time to produce a wonderful environment and it could be fantastic if the heating improved and wifi was reinstated. Trying to contact Sykes is impossible. We spent more that 90minutes to get through to them to express concern about wifi and heating. I would suggest to the owners changing agents to more client friendly agency.

    Reviewed by David3.8May 2021

  • "Low Melbecks House offers excellent accommodation though at a premium price."

    We found it a quiet and comfortable base for a relaxing holiday. The house is very spacious and kept very warm by underfloor heating, the only downside to the heating being that is was difficult to regulate quickly. Though the lounge is on the first floor, views of the surrounding hills and mountains are limited by the low position of the property, the lack of large windows and the hedges and trees surrounding the garden. The garden is pleasant to sit in with a stream flowing through it but the provision of a larger outside table would be useful. Though Low Melbecks House and Cottage are one building the walls are thick and we were barely aware that people were staying next door. There is no dividing fence in the garden and privacy could potentially be a problem given that the bedrooms and bathrooms are on the ground floor and have clear glass in fully glazed doors, though there are internal shutters or blinds. A third, larger, property, Low Melbecks Barn is situated nearby. Parking for Low Melbecks House is not immediately adjacent , it is the far side of Low Melbecks Cottage and entails a walk of about 50 metres. The one big drawback is the poor and at times non existent Wi-fi signal. Sykes were not open about this and we were only made aware a few weeks before departure. Our son had originally been intending to work for several days from the property using the internet but this would have proved impossible. We found mobile phone reception to be good. Despite the reservations about the Wi fi we would thoroughly recommend this property for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Oct 2020

  • "Make it more clear about the wifi not having a good signal Make it clear not to use the postcode to find the property and to use the instructions provided as I ended up on a mountainside using the postcode."

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Sep 2020

  • "The peace and its isolated location"

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Sep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay and the house was lovely and well equipped."

    A couple of things which could have been better. The cleanliness was ok, bathrooms were clean but the sofa kept pulling apart revealing a very dirty floor beneath. When we arrived the dustpan and brush was still full of broken glass from the previous occupants which wasnt great considering we had a toddler running about. The hoover didnt work and seemed to be blocked. Wifi didn't work throughout our stay but wasn't a huge inconvenience. The underfloor heating control wasn't accurate and the sensors either need recommissioning or replacing.

    Reviewed by Lee4.1Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic property in a stunning location."

    ...beautiful views from the lounge balcony. So peaceful and tranquil. Loved every minute of our stay here and would highly recommend Low Melbecks House.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a very quiet location - accessed through a field of sheep - with all the facilities and comforts you could want."

    Beautiful view. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jul 2020

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  • Reverse-level accommodation
  • Two ground-floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite double-ended bath, shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living room with kitchen, Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, Dining area and sitting area with balcony
  • External shared games room
  • Oil underfloor heating
  • TV with Freeview, DVD player, Sonos speakers
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden and graveled area with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 8.3 miles and pub 3.5 miles
  • Note: The property can be booked with Ref: 1024591, together they can sleep 8 guests
  • Complimentary WiFi is provided via 4G signal, quality and reliability of connection will vary based on the number of people using it, prevailing weather conditions and therefore may be limited or slower than you are used to we are not held responsible or liable for the WiFi at the property.

The property

Keswick 8.8 miles.

Nestled on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite, less than ten miles from the bustling town of Keswick, is this charming white stone cottage.

The owner's other property, Low Melbecks Cottage, can be booked alongside this one to accommodate a larger group.

Low Melbecks House has a quirky reverse-level accommodation with the ground floor hosting two king-size bedrooms.

Each bedroom comes with a selection of contemporary furnishings for storage purposes, whilst one bedroom has a lovely built-in bookcase and a floor-to-ceiling window with stunning views across the surrounding fells, the perfect spot for enjoying a quiet read.

Both bedrooms have en-suites, one with the choice of a double-ended bath and separate shower, so you can decide how best to prepare for your day.

Following the steps up to the first floor, where you will be welcomed into a large open-plan living space, boasting a contemporary decor, with characterful features such as the exposed beams.

Step towards the sitting area which benefits from a large corner sofa, able to sit up to six people.

There is a large dining table which makes for the ideal social space to gather for a lovingly prepared home-cooked meal, or enjoy a hearty breakfast at the breakfast bar and plan the day's events.

The kitchen has been fitted to a high-standard with all the standard appliances required, with a few added extras such so you barely have to lift a finger during your trip!

There is a small balcony with views of the fells, garden with stream below, showcasing the true beauty of the Lake District.

Outside, you will discover a large garden adorned with trees, shrubs and seating bordered by a stream, the perfect spot for some alfresco dining or simply enjoying a refreshing drink during the summer months.

While you're in the area, take a short drive towards the bustling town of Keswick for some traditional local delicacies, or pick up any last-minute essentials from the local supermarket.

For a spot of history, the likely choices are to visit Keswick Museum with its varied displays on culture, history and landscape, whilst the Derwent Pencil Museum has original restored machinery and offers the local history of pencil making dating back to the 1550's.

If you're keen on getting involved with some watersports, venture towards Derwentwater.

Further afield are the popular hiking attractions of Scaffel Pike and Helvellyn, something even the most skilled hikers will struggle to complete; once you reach the top you will discover some of the most exquisite views in the whole of England.

The Lake District is home to the magnificent attraction of Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum and The World of Beatrix Potter, both of which are a book lovers haven.

Low Melbecks House is the ultimate choice for a peaceful escape to the heart of the Lake District countryside.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

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Complimentary WiFi is provided.
Quality and reliability of connection will vary due to the reliance on the mobile phone 4G network the number of people using it, and the prevailing weather conditions. It therefore may be limited or slower than you are used to.
WiFi is for personal use only and is not intended for high data usage, gaming and/or use for business purposes.
It is only suitable for page browsing and sending emails.
Bookings cannot be accepted if they are solely reliant on the provision of uninterrupted and unlimited Wi-Fi.
Due to the type of service available in this location we cannot be held responsible or liable for the WiFi at the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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